Hero Dad Dies Trying To Get His Family To Safety

A father-of- two died after the family car broke down on a busy dual carriageway.

The A38 in Burton-on-Trent where the heart-breaking fatality occurred

The A38 in Burton-on-Trent where the heart-breaking fatality occurred

Putting his own safety to one side, James Clarke’s only thought when his family’s car broke down was to clear it off the road and prevent his family being involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, it was a decision that cost James his life.

As James attempted to get his stranded family to safety, but as he pushed his Vauxhall Astra out of the inside lane of the A38 dual carriageway near Burton-on-Trent, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The selfless dad was rushed to hospital but later died.

The family, who are from Willington near Derby, had only returned from a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Mexico just days before. Yesterday James’s widow Mandy said: “It was a very busy road and it would have definitely caused a big smash. He was very anxious to get us safe. We had broken down on the inside lane and I was behind the wheel. James pushed me to where it was a safe well-lit area so it would not cause a pile-up.

“It was typical of my husband, he would never put anybody in danger because it would have been a fatal crash with how busy that stretch of road is. He was selfless and he did everything a dad should do, and he knew that.”

Plumber James leaves his 40 year-old wife Mandy and two daughters Beth, 16 and 12 year-old Georgia. James’s mum Lyn spoke of his selflessness today: “When I heard what he did it did not surprise me. He would give his life in a blink. James was very family-orientated and there was not a selfish bone in his body and this proves that. Everybody feels the same way and that is how I brought him up. James was completely dedicated to all of the family and would do everything he could for the girls. He would always help people and gave away freebies, especially to older people. He did jobs for people and would never said no. He was funny and had a fantastic sense of humour.”

James leave behind a wife and two daughters

James leave behind a wife and two daughters

James’s funeral on Monday is expected to be packed. His wife spoke of his popularity and how his loss has affected her: “It has left me devastated. There are no other words to describe it. If James loved you, then you knew it. Although he was known for his great personality, he was also there for people when his friends had a crisis. He would knock on their door and support them. His ways had a big influence on the family. We have a very close family and we will stick together.”

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